Don’t Miss Visiting French Harbour While on Roatan
While you’re staying on Roatan, I think you’d really be missing something if you didn’t get out and explore the island. The hilly, curvy roads bring delights at every turn from amazing high ocean vistas to charming seaside villages and valleys with giant palm trees that rise into the bright blue skies.
Make time to visit the town of French Harbour, the second biggest community on Roatan, about half way down the island on the windward side. This lively town has a thriving business center with one of the largest grocery stores as well as a new modern mall, several banks, shrimp boat docks and shipping companies.
French Harbour is the core of the island’s fishing trade and home to the island’s only Iguana conservatory and so much more. Here are a few must-stops you have to make while vacationing with us:
Little French Key
Spending the day at Little French Key will be an unforgettable day – I can practically guarantee you that! After almost two years on the Island, I’m there almost every month with renters, family and friends, or just for myself. It offers a full day of activities, ideal for those who are arriving from a cruise ship for the day or for those visiting Roatan for a week or longer.
This private island retreat is a slice of paradise within paradise. It’s been the most popular day trip since it opened to the public in 2011. Follow the sign that says Restaurant Frenchy’s 44; stop and enjoy a cold beverage on the dock overlooking the water along with island delicacies like fresh lobster served with local fruits and vegetables.
From there, a party barge will bring you across to this unique and fabulous destination where the world stops for a moment. It must be seen to be believed as words just don’t do it justice. I never get tired of seeing people’s faces and reaction when we get closer to the Island. Priceless!
You can choose any location on the Island and make it yours for the day; either under a coconut tree, in a hammock, or by the bar while listening to the Island music. You can play with friendly monkeys, parrots and macaws; swim or lie in a chair right in the middle of the water, kayak all you want, water ski, enjoy a frozen margarita under a palapa in the water or get your adrenaline going and jump off a deck 10 feet into the inviting crystal clear, warm turquoise waters.
Little French Key is truly an unforgettable experience – do not miss it!
The Iguana Farm
Right next to Frenchy’s 44 Restaurant is the Arch’s Iguana Farm. This is a perfect stop after spending the day at Little French key. Featuring hundreds of iguanas of all types and sizes, these fascinating dinosaur-like creatures might make you feel as if you’ve landed in a Jurassic Park of sorts with nearly 3,000 of them roaming freely throughout the 12-acre property.
Admission is just $8 and if you visit around feeding time in the early afternoon you’ll have the chance to pet and feed these friendly, beautiful reptiles. A must for a family!
Golf at The Black Pearl in Pristine Bay
If you’re a golfer, don’t miss visiting the island’s first golf course, The Black Pearl, designed by world-renowned golf course designer Peter Dye and his son Perry. This 18-hole championship course at Pristine Bay Resort is a Par 72 that begins at ocean’s edge, rising into the island’s lush rolling foothills returning to the seaside clubhouse.
The Black Pearl features Dye’s signature island greens as well as 14 holes with breathtaking views of the water and Meso-American Barrier Reef. It is also a haven for the abundance of wildlife on Roatan and home to over 100,000 plants and trees. Can’t you just feel the warmth of the sun and the gentle ocean breeze?
French Harbour is really a must on your itinerary when visiting Roatan! Just when you thought the island couldn’t get any better, another surprise comes into the picture. Are you ready to embark on this amazing adventure?